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Phillipsburg mayor against removing parking lot fees

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - The Phillipsburg Town Council plans to erase the ordinance that establishes parking lot fees, but Mayor Stephen Ellis says that move will result in lost revenue. 

Council is to take action on this potential move Tuesday night. 

Mayor Ellis says the original ordinance was established to obtain revenue from parking lots during special events, which in return was used for maintaining roads, parking areas maintenance and the illumination of lots among others. 

Ellis says he spoke to business owners and additional individuals such as senior citizens and fisherman, making recommendations on how to amend the existing ordinance to make it more amenable to these groups of people. 

"To completely remove the ordinance and stop all revenue is detrimental to the fiscal health of our town and is irresponsible," Ellis said. "By amending certain fees, it allows the remaining fee schedule to stay in place and continue to increase our town's revenue."


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